A Veteran of the Cancer Wars
by Lisa Kennedy
I’ve read the stories. I know the pain
I’ve seen the lives touched by cancer again.
I’ve fought my battles. I’m wearing the scars.
I’m a veteran of the cancer wars.
I’ve faced cancer head on, once, twice, three times.
I’ve fought back the fear and the tears and the whines.
I’ve lain awake at night pondering my past,
Wondering how long my small life will last.
Friends say I’m strong – a one of a kind,
But that’s just not true; there are many I find –
Who’ve faced these same battles and fight these same fights
Who deserve the title “Strongest” – which is not mine by rights.
I’m just a person, whose life has been changed,
My priorities, my goals, have been rearranged
I’m hopeful and helpful and full of delight,
At everything God has placed in my sight.
Don’t let cancer take life from you.
Battle and fight and know when you do,
That others may think you are so strong and brave
But nothing compares to the life that God gave.
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Lisa Kennedy is a non-Hodgkin lymphoma, uterine, and breast cancer survivor living in Buford, GA. She writes poetry and short stories to deal with life’s daily stresses.
This article was published in Coping® with Cancer magazine, January/February 2009.